Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts, Leeds - Speakers

Wednesday 29 Mar 2017 - Leeds


Brian Lightman
Education Consultant and former General Secretary of ASCL

Brian Lightman was General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders from September 2010 - January 2016. Now a self-employed leadership specialist, he has a wide ranging portfolio which includes working with individual and groups of schools providing coaching for middle and senior leaders, professional development and support for school improvement.

Robert Hill
Education Consultant, Writer, Analyst and Visiting Professor, UCL Institute of Education

Robert’s current work continues to focus on supporting the development of effective multi-academy trusts (MATs), teaching school alliances and other forms of school partnership and he is in demand as a speaker at headteacher and school governor conferences. The Education Select Committee. has twice asked him to give evidence on issues relating to MATs. He also contributes to the Future Leaders’ programme for executive principals and chief executive officers of MATs. Robert is a Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Education. He writes a regular education blog at


Carol Dewhurst
Chief Executive Officer, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Carol joined BDAT in April 2014 having previously worked as a team leader in the Academies programme at the Department for Education covering Yorkshire and Humber and the North West.

Nick MacKenzie
Partner, Browne Jacobson

Nick leads the education team on corporate and governance matters and also heads up the firm's Birmingham education team. He has particular expertise in developing innovative approaches to academy groups, collaborations in the education sector (including all types of college and school on collaborations and joint ventures) and Teaching Schools.

Libby Nicholas
CEO, REAch4 Academy Trust

With degrees in English & Philosophy, Libby wanted to teach and help young people. She completed her PGCE and progressed quickly from teaching English to increasingly senior roles such as Head of Year, Assistant Head, Headteacher,  and Regional Director of Education for the South & West at the Academies Enterprise Trust.